Friday 30 September 2016

Garda operation in place ahead of funeral of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

Cathal McMahon

Published 27/03/2016 | 21:21

A garda at the scene of the shooting in The Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath. Inset: Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan, who was shot dead
A garda at the scene of the shooting in The Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath. Inset: Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan, who was shot dead
A hearse arrives to remove the body of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan from the murder scene in Ratoath
Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

A garda operation will be put in place tomorrow for the funeral of murdered cigarette smuggler Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan.

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The 56-year-old grandfather was shot dead as he sat in a Mercedes outside his home in Ratoath last week.

It is believed that he was murdered because of his connection to the feuding Hutch gang and his friendship with Gerry 'The Monk'' Hutch.

He will be buried tomorrow morning after funeral mass in the Co Meath town.

Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan
Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

Independent.ie has learned that an "appropriate garda presence" will be in place for the ceremony.

Mourners will be led by his wife Belinda and adult children. Throughout the weekend his remains lay in repose at his family home in Oak Hill.

He will be brought toHoly Trinity Church, Ratoath for 11am Funeral Mass. Duggan, who earned the name 'Kingsize' because of his cigarette smuggling, will be buried afterwards in Ratoath Cemetery.

It is unclear if his close pal Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch will attend the event. Veteran criminal Hutch attended his brother Eddie's funeral last month wearing a hat and wig as a disguise.

Duggan's murder was the fourth in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

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